Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, MD

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director of SIU Family Medicine Residency Program - Alton
Family and Community Medicine

    About me

    Dr. McNeese-Ruffin, M.D. is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician who trained at SIU Center for Family Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, where she specialized in Women’s Health and was Chief Resident. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2005 and a Doctorate of Medicine from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 2013. Commissioned to the United States Navy in 2008, Dr. McNeese-Ruffin served on the Family Medicine team in Okinawa, Japan for 3+ years treating our Nation’s active duty and dependents stationed in the region. She served 1 year as faculty for Family Medicine Residency at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejuene in North Carolina and Assistant Professor Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences until she joined our program as Associate Program Director in December 2021.

    She helped to pioneer the Eastside Health Initiative in Springfield, Illinois when she served as President of her School’s SNMA Chapter. Among her several mission assignments and community outreach, she deems her time serving as primary medical officer on a mission trip to Zambia in the fall of 2015, where she was able to serve over 500 women and children, as one of her favorites. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served as Okinawa Alumnae Chapter President while stationed there.

    She enjoys her newest chapter as a newlywed and wife to Antonio Ruffin, a gifted musician and former Navy Enlisted. Her greatest joy is being a mother of two future leaders, Zakiya Evora and Vincent Wesley Elijah Hill and bonus mom to Alicia, Destiny and Brayden Ruffin. She desires to inspire her community to live healthier lives. She believes that she personifies perseverance and hopes to be a role model and champion for all women, patients and future residents she will serve.



    Education & training

    Medical School
    SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
    Undergraduate Degree
    BA, University of Illinois, Springfield, IL
    Family Medicine, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
    SAMFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner)


    Service and JOES Military Customer Service Award

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    Providing a voice for minority students

    Via March 1, 2022, 9:09 a.m. David Mitchell — With Match Day looming on March 18, Safiya McNeese-Ruffin, M.D., offered a reminder that students are much more than their numbers. “We put a lot